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Resources for Research Assistants

Locating & Obtaining Books for Your Faculty Member

You can search the BC Library Catalog to locate books your faculty member needs for research. Books from the Law Library should be checked out at the Information Desk to your faculty member. For information on obtaining privileges to check books out to a faculty member, review our information on Proxy Borrowing Privileges. Books from other BC Libraries can be requested through the Catalog. Once you have located the book in the catalog, just sign in using your BC login. 


Then click on the Request Book link. 

Then select Newton Campus - Law as the Pickup Location and click Place Request. The book will then be delivered to the Law Library. Remember when you come to the Law Library to get the book, ask that it be checked out to your faculty member.  

Obtaining Books from Non-BC Libraries - Interlibrary Loan

If the book or journal that you need is not available at a Boston College library, you can use WorldCat. WorldCat is a catalog that contains information on materials held by libraries all over the world. You can search WorldCat to discover if the book or journal you need is available at another library and place an interlibrary loan request. You can access WorldCat from the Law Library's website in the Databases box. 

Searching WorldCat

If you are looking for a specific book or works by a specific author, we recommend that you conduct an Advanced Search. This allows you to run a precise search for the exact title or author you are looking for. If you are trying to locate books on a specific topic, you can just run a keyword search from the main search box. Contact a Teaching & Research librarian if you need help searching WorldCat.

Placing an ILL Request

Once you have located a book in WorldCat that you would like to request via interlibrary loan, click the book title from your results list to view the full record. Then click the blue Request Item button on the right.


You will then be prompted to login to ILLiad with your BC username and password. Once you are logged in, the Loan Request form will display and bibliographic information about the title will be prepopulated. If you are borrowing materials on behalf of your professor, include the professor's name in the Notes field and ask that it be checked out to them. This is important because once the book has been requested we cannot change the person to whom it is checked out and you don't want to be responsible for the book if it is lost or late in being returned.  If you want to be notified via email when the items are available for pickup at the Law Library, just include that in the notes too.